Saturday, 25 January 2014

Polite pols still possible in civil society

Look who's sitting at the table en route to Mandela's funeral. Jean Chretien (turned 80 this week), Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper.  Dress is casual with smiles all round.  As the National Post adds,  our PM Harper sent a sincere video statement of appreciation to Jean for his birthday.

Don't be distracted by your surprise that they are about to dine well on a jet.  Remember instead that they can talk to one another civilly, even with friendship.  Much more is needed.   Partisanship works in a bipolar world but most matters are multi-lateral calling for discrimination and judgement, not knee-jerk politics.

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